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railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« on: February 06, 2019, 02:31:20 PM »

here are a couple in new york!

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.5327293,-76.6165533,3a,25.2y,98.15h,90.99t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s5Uz9gSrDHGz9CR7rQPsFBA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

check out this one on the hudson valley rail trail!


https://www.google.com/maps/@41.7096237,-73.9496859,3a,78.9y,33.88h,100.57t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHiPIsQVA-n3IxmjJaTRNEA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

this view is from the top and was taken qwhen it was snowing you can barely see anything and it gives you a sense of how scary it must have been to cross the bridge in winter!

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.7105862,-73.9400579,3a,90y,274.18h,79.82t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipPNoX5QkOnGbzCL3Gd7yIbHx2UfzeQ4YNiGxizQ!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipPNoX5QkOnGbzCL3Gd7yIbHx2UfzeQ4YNiGxizQ%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi0-ya356.31082-ro-0-fo100!7i8704!8i4352

sattelite view notice how one end of the bridge is short while the other end goes over half of the town!

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.7116463,-73.9434332,1553m/data=!3m1!1e3

another one!

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.7146065,-73.9198158,3a,75y,339.78h,102.34t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1si7AKljsPP2pd8GwJXG4qKg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

also although these have probably been mentioned before i added them so i can get this topic started. also you might be thinking wait don't  we have a topic on railroad bridges converted to road bridges. the answer is yes but railroad bridges that were converted into road bridges are really hard to find. however road bridges converted into pedestrian bridges aren't hard to come across.

also here is my first real find! this railroad bridge was built to go over a canal however they didn't bemo the bridge they just put wooden planks of the ties and left them there! it's also the only true piece of railroad history left. so add your finds here.
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2019, 03:03:17 PM »

Pretty much any rails-to-trails path, right?
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 03:06:34 PM »

When I was little, my friends and I used to climb underneath this railroad bridge onto the ledge, then pee and poop off the edge, or throw our clothes down to the railroad and run down naked to retrieve them, or dare each other to hang from one of the support beams, etc.  Later on, local teen-agers took to hanging out and drinking there, so we eventually stopped going.  The upper railway was converted to a trail long ago.  Nowadays, the lower railway is used by Metra.
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 04:50:18 PM »

Pretty much any rails-to-trails path, right?

yes!
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 05:00:50 PM »

Kinzua Bridge in PA (1/2 credit)
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2019, 10:19:03 PM »

When I was little, my friends and I used to climb underneath this railroad bridge onto the ledge, then pee and poop off the edge, or throw our clothes down to the railroad and run down naked to retrieve them, or dare each other to hang from one of the support beams, etc.  Later on, local teen-agers took to hanging out and drinking there, so we eventually stopped going.  The upper railway was converted to a trail long ago.  Nowadays, the lower railway is used by Metra.

man i wouldn't be able to do that as i would be too scared non the less amazing memory that made me chuckle!

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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 11:13:35 PM »

Pretty much any rails-to-trails path, right?

Some are "a little" more prevalent than others, namely major river bridges.  The Walkway Over The Hudson, for example (3 of the 5 links in Dan's OP) is a pretty large and long bridge.  Several members of this forum have been on and taken pictures of that.  Three of my own photos are located here.

Others include the Salisbury Viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage near Meyersdale, PA (and passing over the new US 219 bypass), two former rail bridges over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, MN (I have 5 photos of one of them on Flickr), and the Big Four Bridge over the Ohio River in Louisville, KY.
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2019, 03:13:38 AM »

Just north of central Sacramento there were two parallel RR bridges -- both through trusses -- across the American River; the western one of these was the original Sacramento Northern (a regional electric interurban) main line from Sacramento north via Marysville to Chico, while the other to the east was Western Pacific's main SLC-Oakland main line, which passed N-S through downtown Sacramento (between 19th and 20th Streets).  SN, which was a subsidiary of WP, pulled up its tracks in the 1960's, and WP closed off the bridge for safety's sake until several years later, when it was opened to pedestrian and bicycle use, which continues to this day.  When the Sacramento LR system was being planned, that bridge was considered for the North Sacramento line; but the local bicycle enthusiasts lodged a series of complaints about the loss of their bridge, so the line was reconfigured to use the CA 160 (N. 16th Street) bridge a few blocks downstream, occupying the leftmost NB lane. 
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2019, 02:15:37 PM »

Here's one over the Illinois and Michigan Canal in Morris, IL

https://goo.gl/maps/VLYpZxLikvz
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2019, 03:08:35 PM »

Here's one over the Illinois and Michigan Canal in Morris, IL

Here?
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2019, 03:39:20 PM »

Here's one over the Illinois and Michigan Canal in Morris, IL

Here?

D'oh!

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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2019, 03:41:36 PM »

I've used this one in Wheaton (IL) quite a bit in the past.
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2019, 03:44:31 PM »

I assume this happens plenty often on rail-to-trail conversions.  I use this one a bunch.  This bridge used to be a railroad-over-railroad bridge!
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2019, 04:32:33 PM »

This bridge used to be a railroad-over-railroad bridge!

Yep, same with both of the ones I've posted.
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2019, 09:07:05 AM »

Here's this one over the Kankakee River in Custer Park, IL

https://goo.gl/maps/eLo1bSDjtr12

https://goo.gl/maps/dkS9f4GEiPv
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2019, 11:36:30 AM »

Here's this one over the Kankakee River in Custer Park, IL

https://goo.gl/maps/eLo1bSDjtr12

https://goo.gl/maps/dkS9f4GEiPv

Nice Find! i really like that particular bridge for some reason.
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2019, 02:54:06 PM »

One railroad-to-pedestrian bridge conversion here in Madison was on the Beltline just west of the Verona Rd./Midvale Blvd. interchange (Exit 258). There was also an at-grade rail crossing on the Beltline between the Todd Dr. interchange (Exit 259) and the Fish Hatchery Rd. interchange (Exit 260) that is now a pedestrian bridge (known as the Cannonball Path), although the pedestrian bridge was built well after the railroad line was removed.
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2019, 09:09:15 AM »

The Carpenters Bluff bridge across the Red River east of Denison, TX started as a railroad bridge, was converted to a road when the railroad abandoned it and finally was converted to a bike/ped bridge when the new bridge to the west was opened in 2018.

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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2019, 10:00:58 PM »

The North Coast Inland Trail is a rail trail in Northern Ohio and has many bridges that fit this category. Pictured below are the 2 oldest and most interesting ones, both being double arch sandstone bridges built by the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad in the early 1870s.

This one was built in 1871 over the East Branch of the Huron River in Norwalk, and was opened for trail use in 2005:


This one was built in 1872 over the Vermilion River in Wakeman, and was opened for trail use in 2016:
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2019, 08:57:35 AM »

Here's another in Morris, IL.  Google maps has this listed as Benton St., but this is actually the old bed for the late Interurban railroad from between Joliet, IL and Princeton, IL

Sorry I can't get a better picture. I'll try grabbing one in the near future

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.362654,-88.4292219,97m/data=!3m1!1e3
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2019, 08:19:54 PM »

The North Coast Inland Trail is a rail trail in Northern Ohio and has many bridges that fit this category. Pictured below are the 2 oldest and most interesting ones, both being double arch sandstone bridges built by the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad in the early 1870s.

This one was built in 1871 over the East Branch of the Huron River in Norwalk, and was opened for trail use in 2005:


This one was built in 1872 over the Vermilion River in Wakeman, and was opened for trail use in 2016:


gonna have to credit for those bridges by saying Nice!

very cool and awesome find stone bridge from thee 1800s with two arches are becoming harder and harder to find!
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Re: railroad bridges converted into pedestrian bridges
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2019, 06:38:07 PM »

Probably the most famous rail bridge to trail conversion.


 


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